The University of Manchester
Sir Andre Geim is Regius Professor and Royal Society Research Professor at The University of Manchester. He has received many international awards and distinctions, including the John Carty Prize from the US National Academy of Sciences and the Copley Medal from the Royal Society. Most notably, he was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for his ground-breaking work on graphene.
Prof. Hirotomo Nishihara received his PhD degree in the field of Chemical Engineering at Kyoto University in 2005. At the same year, he got a position of assistant professor at Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University. Since then, he has been working on carbon materials, porous materials, and their applications for energy storage, such as supercapacitors, hydrogen storage, and lithium-ion batteries. In 2011, he was promoted to an associate professor, and he has become a member of PRESTO, JST in 2013. He has received many awards such as the Japan Carbon Award for Young Researcher (2008), the Young Researcher Award of the Carbon Society of Japan (2010), the Tokin Science and Technology Award (2012), and BCSJ Award (2014), Gottfried Wagener Prize 2019 “Development of advanced template techniques for functional carbon materials (2019).
Imperial College London
Magda Titirici received her PhD in Materials Chemistry from University of Dortmund in Germany. She then joined the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces as a Postdoctoral Fellow and later become a Group Leader, starting her independent research on sustainable carbon materials in 2006. Magda received her Habilitation in 2013 from University of Potsdam/Max-Planck Institute. She then moved to UK, to Queen Mary University of London as a Reader in Materials Science and in 2014 she was promoted to Full Professor. Magda moved to Imperial College London in January 2019 to take up a Chair in Sustainable Energy Materials.
Magda is the author of over 250 articles and is included in the Global Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics) over the past four years. She is the author of 13 book chapters and one book. She also hold 7 patents. Magda has received the Rosenhein Medal from IoM3, an Honorary PhD from University of Stockholm in 2017, the Chinese Academy of Science President Fellowship, the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgen prize in 2018 and a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies fellowship in 2019.
Her current research interests involve sustainable materials with focus on carbon and carbon hybrids produced via hydrothermal processes, waste recycling into advance products, avoidance of critical elements in renewable energy technologies and the development of truly sustainable clean energy storage and conversion paths including alternative chemistries beyond Li, flexible and structural supercapacitors made from lignin/cellulose, carbon-based O2 electrocatalysis, CO2 capture and conversion and exploring the optoelectronic properties of nanocarbons. Her research is supported by UKRI, EU, Royal Society, Royal Society of Engineering and industry.
French National Centre for Scientific Research, CNRS
Dr. Alberto Bianco graduated at the University of Padova and received his PhD in Chemistry in 1996 from the same University under the supervision of Claudio Toniolo. As a visiting scientist, he worked at the University of Lausanne in the group of Manfred Mutter, at the University of Tübingen (as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow) with Günther Jung, and the University of Padova with Gianfranco Scorrano.
In 1998 he joined the CNRS in Strasbourg where he started his independent career becoming leader of the team “Therapeutic multifunctional carbon and 2d nanomaterials”. He has been visiting Professor at the University of Sassari in 2012 and 2014 and at Kyoto University in 2019. He has been also Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science in 2012 and 2015. He is currently First Class Research Director (DR1) at the CNRS in Strasbourg. He is co-author of more than 320 papers in leading chemistry and multidisciplinary journals. In 2017 he has been elected Fellow of the European Academy of Science and in 2020 member of the Academia Europaea. In 2019 he has obtained the CNRS Silver Medal. He serves on various advisory board of scientific journals, including Nanotechnology Reviews, Nanomaterials, Nanomedicine and Journal of Peptide Science. Since 2011 he is Editor of the journal CARBON. He has also several Institutional activities, comprising the deputy direction of CNRS Unit UPR3572, and he has organized several congresses. His research interests focus on the design of multifunctional carbon-based nanomaterials for therapy, diagnostics and imaging. In particular, he is developing new synthetic methods to design and prepare new materials with new functions combining therapeutic, targeting and imaging properties. These complex systems can be used for drug delivery. He is also interested to study the toxicity and degradation of the new materials, a fundamental step to validate their use for clinical applications.